Megadeth mainman hopes for fully-fledged outing and reveals Dimebag’s murder was catalyst for healing feuds caused by “black magic” meddling
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has called on fans to pray for a fully-fledged BIg Four tour. And he says the murder of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was the catalyst for healing between himself and the thrash colleagues he’d fallen out with.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax have so far confirmed just one appearance together in the USA, after a series of gigs in Europe last year.
Mustaine tells Noisecreep: “I don’t know why there’s only one show. But I do know this: it started off as one date before then it ended up being several. So I would say to people who pray: do so. For people who don’t, start.”
The bands credited with popularising the thrash genre had kept a certain amount of distance from each other throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, and the Megadeth frontman accepts a great deal of the blame for that.
“I was going through a lot of personal stuff,” he explains. “It put an unnecessary wall between all of us. A lot of it has been publicised, like the worn stories of drugs and alcoholism.
“But there was also the other side: the black magic and witchcraft I got into when I was a kid. I was going through so much turmoil from what I’d done – and it was the consequence of poor choices.
“People would go, ‘Man, he has the worst luck in the world.’ Not really. I’d practiced black magic and I was friends with Satan, and those bad things happen when you make bad choices.
“Once Dimebag had been murdered, unfortunately, it helped me put things in perspective between all of us in the Big Four. I’m saved now and I don’t have to deal with the black magic stuff.”
Mustaine hopes there’s time now to celebrate what the bands have achieved and leave the acrimony in the past.
He says: “Before everyone started taking smack we were all friends, just little dudes, teenagers and fresh-faced 20-year-olds. Who would have thought we’d have changed the world?
“Now we’re able to say, ‘Guys, can we go back to being four bands that just love to play metal music and have fun? Let’s not let the pressures of life and being older interfere with the thing that binds us together: our love of metal.’
“You look at the picture on the cover of the Big Four DVD, all of us onstage, and it looks like a high school reunion. We all look like we belong together, and that’s the beauty of this Big Four thing.
“I’m hoping that transcends to whoever’s doing air traffic control for this thing.”